Ben Maher and Nick Skelton are in the Individual final at Rio


Good news for the Brits – Ben Maher and Nick Skelton are in the individual final.

Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 top the individual leaderboard on zero followed closely by Kent and Voyeur, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson (All In) and the Netherlands’ Maikel van de Vleuten (Verdi) all on just one time fault.

Ben is in 23rd on Tic Tac on nine faults and Nick carries 13 faults with Big Star in 33rd. It means they scrape in the top 35 to go into round one of the individual. All scores revert to zero and the top 20 will go forward to round two.

Thrills, spills, surprise eliminations, disqualifications, sheer grit, agonising disappointment and adrenalin highs - this competition had it all.

It was a rollercoaster ride for the French, first losing their top pair Simon Delestre and Ryan due to injury followed by Flora de Mariposa developing colic and then unseating Penelope Leprevost on day one. But the team fought back hard with a never-give-up attitude, and went from zero to heroes to take team gold.

Four teams were on zero after round one and the French were hard on their heels with just one time fault. Pathfinder Philippe Rozier returned on Rahotep de Toscane with one time fault and Kevin Staut kept the pressure up eith a clear aboard Reveur De Hurtbeise. Roger Yves Bost rode as only ‘Bosty’ can and kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, but he delivered. Sydney Une Prince came home on one time fault and France owned the gold, they could not be beaten.

The USA also suffered from problems. It was announced that the amazingly scopey Cortes C sustained a tendon injury in round one of the teams and Beezie Madden would not be starting. The Americans were down to three – every score would count.

Kent Farrington provided a classic clear on Voyeur, but Lucy Davis and Barron dropped a rail at the latter end of the course for four. It was down to the brilliant McLain Ward and the big-jumping mare Azur to save the day. And they did it in style with a copybook clear for silver.

Germany gave Canada a run for their money for bronze, and it went to a jump-off with the mighty Germany just having the edge.

Photos courtesy Shannon Brinkmann/British Showjumping & BEF/Jon Stroud Media

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